The twenty-third annual Queensland Secondary Schools Touch (QSST) State Championships will be conducted at the Gold Coast Touch Association’s Owen Park complex from 27 –29 April 2007.The championships, first conducted in 1985, feature all twelve education regions in Queensland competing for the State Championship title crown in Open Boys and Girls Divisions.The tournament has long been the breeding ground for future Queensland and Australian Open representative players and coaches with many of the sport’s biggest names cutting their teeth in the QSST representative arena before following the pathway from the school system into affiliated representative Touch Football.The Current Queensland and Australian Women’s and Men’s Open Captains Sharyn Williams (Met. East) and Gavin Shuker (Capricornia) and Australian Mixed Open Co-Captain Mary Steele (Met. East) all played for their regional district in their formative years before going on to captain their nation at the Federation of International Touch World Cup in Stellenbosch in January 2007.Fellow 2007 Australian World Cup players Roxy Winder, Amy Fong (South Coast), Kelly Woods (Metropolitan West), Peta and Hayley Rogerson (Sunshine Coast), Kelly Mc Gennitty (Northern), Phil Gyemore (Darling Downs), Jarrod Tump (Wide Bay) Ben Robinson (Met. East) Ash and Chris Farrow, and Ben Roberts (Sunshine Coast) are all products of the QSST system. Current National Youth Coaches Peter Bell (Met. East), Kathy O’Brien, and Karley Banks (Darling Downs), along with 2007 Australian Open Men’s Assistant Coach Peter Robinson (Wide Bay) honed their coaching skills on the QSST stage.In the 2007 Open Boys division, the crack Northern region combination will be gunning for a hat trick of championships, but is likely to face some tough opposition from a well-drilled Metropolitan West outfit and home town favourites South Coast.Defending champions Metropolitan East will go into the Open Girls section as warm favourites boasting a line-up that includes no less than eight current 18 Years or 15 Years Queensland representatives.The Metropolitan East side boasts 2007 Brisbane Cobras National Touch League Women’s Open winners Genevieve La Caze and Kelly Jones, as well as South Queensland Sharks Women’s Open pocket dynamo Kristy Brennan adding further thrust to a well-heeled combination that is sure to keep the scoreboard attendants busy on the weekend. The improving Sunshine Coast outfit, perennial big guns South Coast, and Metropolitan West, led by mercurial National Women’s 20s squad member and long ball queen, Ali Brigginshaw, are expected to provide tough opposition for the imposing Met. East team.Wide Bay, led by National 20 Years and Rustlers Women’s Open star Kirsty Beer is capable of making an impression on the competition as well.Students will be vying for selection in the QSST 18 Years Boys and Girls teams to compete in the Touch Football Australia 18 Years National Touch League to be held at Coffs Harbour from 17-22 September 2007.Australian National 18 Years Coaches Kathy O’Brien (Boys) and Peter Bell (Girls) will be on hand to cast an eye over prospective candidates in the TFA 18 Years National Youth Squads.Games commence at 9.40 am on Friday, continue on Saturday at 9.30am, with the final day commencing at 8.00am Sunday and Presentations and State Team announcements at 2.00pm.